Cooper Davis' 86.75-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer's Little Joe sealed the victory Sunday. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com
By: Jordan Johnson - PBR.com
- Cooper Davis continued his tear by winning the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino.
- The win is Davis' second in a row and moved him to second in the world standings.
- Kaique Pacheco finished in third in Tulsa and earned 260 points toward the world standings. Pacheco's lead over Davis is just 20.33 points.
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Tulsa Express Employment Professionals Classic presented by Osage Casino
- Cooper Davis
- Kaique Pacheco
- Stormy Wing
- Jess Lockwood
- Lachlan Richardson
TULSA, Okla. – Cooper Davis came into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round leading the PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino, and closed it out with an event-winning 86.75-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe Sunday afternoon at BOK Center.
Davis’ ride completed a 3-for-3 weekend and awarded him his second Built Ford Tough Series event victory in a row. He earned 630 world points for the victory and moved himself up to second in the world standings.
The Jasper, Texas, bull rider now trails current world leader Kaique Pachecoby just 20.33 points with eight regular-season BFTS events remaining until the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Nov. 2-6.
Veteran Stormy Wing finished in second after his own 3-for-3 performance. Wing capped his weekend with an 88-point ride on After All in the championship round. The Dalhart, Texas, native picked up 385 points toward the world standings for his effort and jumps up to No. 22 in the world.
Pacheco finished third in Tulsa with another perfect 3-for-3 weekend. He completed the feat with a 66-point ride on Midnight Moon in the championship round. Pacheco was offered a re-ride option, but turned it down. Despite coming up short in the event, Pacheco still earned 260 world points to maintain his hold atop the world standings.
Rookie sensation Jess Lockwood finished fourth in Tulsa and won the championship round with a 90-point ride on Legacy. It was the second week in a row that the 18-year-old reached the 90-point threshold in the BFTS and the third overall in his young career. Lockwood earned 205 world points for the finish, moving him up to 11th in the world standings. He also moved to second in the Rookie of the Year race.
Lachlan Richardson rounded out the Top 5, earning 125 points toward the world standings. The effort continues a career year for the young Gresford, Australia, bull rider who sits at No. 16 in the world standings.
Pearl Harbor and Seven Dust tied for the high-marked bull of the weekend after each were marked 45.25 points during Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.
The PBR now moves down the road to Thackerville, Oklahoma, for the Winstar World Resort and Casino Invitational Sept. 3-4. The World Championship race becomes even tighter as the PBR’s best battle it out with just eight regular-season events left until the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. The action from Thackerville starts at 7 p.m. CT on Sept. 3 and 6:50 p.m. CT on Sept. 4 on PBR LIVE.
PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Express Employment Professionals Classic
BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Cooper Davis, 87.75-87.25-86.75-261.75-630 Points.
2. Stormy Wing, 85.75-86.75-88-260.50-385 Points.
3. Kaique Pacheco, 83.5-85.25-66-234.75-260 Points.
4. Jess Lockwood, 83.75-0-90-173.75-205 Points.
5. Lachlan Richardson, 87.75-0-0-87.75-125 Points.
6. Guilherme Marchi, 84.5-80-0-164.50-80 Points.
7. Shane Proctor, 0-86.75-0-86.75-72.5 Points.
8. J.B. Mauney, 86.75-0-0-86.75-67.5 Points.
9. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 86.25-0-0-86.25-50 Points.
10. Tyler Harr, 0-83.75-0-83.75-35 Points.
11. Derek Kolbaba, 0-81.75-0-81.75-20 Points.
(tie). Robson Palermo, 84.5-0-0-84.50-20 Points.
13. Mason Lowe, 83.75-0-0-83.75-5 Points.
(tie). Stetson Lawrence, 82.5-0-0-82.50-5 Points.
(tie). Silvano Alves, 83.5-0-0-83.50-5 Points.
16. Jorge Valdiviezo, 81.25-0-0-81.25
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0.00
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0.00
2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)
1. Kaique Pacheco, 37, 4, 14, 3,265.33, $247,358.88
2. Cooper Davis, 32, 4, 12, 3,245.00, $218,902.75
3. J.B. Mauney, 25, 4, 14, 2,912.50, $165,717.93
4. Fabiano Vieira, 29, 5, 11, 2,504.49, $177,198.42
5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 35, 3, 13, 2,485.00, $219,760.06
6. Eduardo Aparecido, 28, 1, 5, 1,974.16, $104,430.33
7. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 39, 4, 12, 1,925.00, $198,492.61
8. Shane Proctor, 24, 2, 3, 1,884.16, $187,776.66
9. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 55, 3, 10, 1,707.50, $110,756.97
10. Mike Lee, 52, 2, 14, 1,626.66, $105,304.63
11. Jess Lockwood, 34, 4, 12, 1,620.83, $102,395.34
12. Derek Kolbaba, 32, 6, 8, 1,615.00, $118,158.04
13. Ryan Dirteater, 24, 2, 6, 1,595.00, $128,655.45
14. Tanner Byrne, 27, 2, 4, 1,557.50, $104,838.25
15. Robson Palermo, 34, 0, 8, 1,467.50, $73,006.79
16. Lachlan Richardson, 45, 4, 13, 1,378.33, $71,808.21
17. Mason Lowe, 28, 3, 6, 1,215.00, $74,966.32
18. Gage Gay, 36, 1, 6, 1,050.33, $64,715.58
19. Rubens Barbosa, 31, 1, 8, 968.33, $44,419.50
20. Guilherme Marchi, 20, 0, 7, 897.50, $44,514.53
21. Stetson Lawrence, 32, 0, 5, 818.66, $46,230.46
22. Stormy Wing, 32, 0, 6, 800.00, $53,661.89
23. Ben Jones, 12, 1, 3, 787.50, $39,629.52
24. Valdiron de Oliveira, 42, 1, 8, 752.50, $54,065.80
25. Cody Nance, 33, 4, 12, 667.50, $54,882.14
26. Tyler Harr, 42, 4, 12, 610.00, $50,074.44
27. Nevada Newman, 31, 1, 6, 585.00, $46,608.47
28. Silvano Alves, 30, 0, 3, 584.16, $44,100.47
29. Kasey Hayes, 28, 1, 3, 520.33, $38,581.45
30. Chase Outlaw, 19, 7, 11, 512.50, $51,738.35
31. Nathan Schaper, 37, 2, 7, 497.50, $61,065.25
32. Cody Heffernan, 30, 6, 13, 486.66, $37,853.71
33. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 44, 3, 10, 485.00, $45,822.59
34. Jorge Valdiviezo, 24, 3, 10, 472.50, $35,997.94
35. Aaron Roy, 38, 0, 4, 457.50, $30,685.38
36. Brant Atwood, 40, 3, 13, 432.50, $46,604.54
37. Luis Blanco, 35, 5, 15, 422.50, $39,004.92
38. Kurt Shephard, 57, 1, 12, 420.00, $33,383.17
39. Dakota Buttar, 23, 2, 12, 419.16, $37,067.52
40. Justin Paton, 36, 0, 9, 380.00, $35,233.29
41. Fraser Babbington, 28, 3, 8, 377.50, $32,458.71
42. Ty Pozzobon, 21, 3, 12, 347.50, $19,554.52
43. Reese Cates, 31, 2, 4, 310.00, $26,522.62
44. Dener Barbosa, 13, 3, 10, 305.00, $5,215.96
45. Cody Coverchuk, 29, 2, 10, 295.00, $18,048.92
45. Alex Aparecido Marcilio, 14, 3, 6, 295.00, $8,660.02
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PACHECO HOLDS ON TO TOP SPOT
By: Justin Felisko August 28, 2016@ 06:35:00 PM
Kaique Pacheco's 66-point ride on Midnight Moon wasn't his best, but it was enough to keep pace Sunday. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com
- Kaique Pacheco had no idea if he could guarantee another ride on his re-ride bull in the championship round, so he took the sure thing and maintained his hold on the No. 1 spot.
- Meanwhile, Cooper Davis continued to surge and moved into second place in the world standings, cutting Pacheco's lead to just 20.33 points.
- Stormy Wing also did himself a favor picking up much needed points to get himself back into the Top 35.
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Frontier Communications Music City Knockout
- Kaique Pacheco
- J. B. Mauney
- Fabiano Vieira
- Joao Ricardo Vieira
- Paulo Lima
- Eduardo Aparecido Silva
- Shane Proctor
- Mike Lee
- Robson Palermo
- Jess Lockwood
- Mason Lowe
- Lachlan Richardson
- Gage Gay
- Guilherme Marchi
- Valdiron de Oliveira
- Cody Nance
- Silvano Alves
- Tyler Harr
- Chase Outlaw
- Marco Eguchi
- Cooper Davis
- Rubens Barbosa
- Tulsa Express Employment Professionals Classic presented by Osage Casino
TULSA, Okla. – Here are three things we learned from the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino, this weekend at the BOK Center.
Pacheco keeping pace with Davis (8-28-16)
World No. 1 Kaique Pacheco’s grasp of the top ranking in the world standings is shrinking, but it certainly isn’t because of a lack of riding.
Pacheco went 3-for-3 in Tulsa and earned 260 world points for a third-place finish to help stay atop the world standings for at least one more week despite Cooper Davis’ second consecutive event victory.
The 21-year-old brings a 20.33-point lead in the world standings over Davis into next weekend’s Winstar World Casino and Resort Invitational in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
“I am very happy to ride three this week,” Pacheco said with the help of Silvano Alves translating. “I rode good. I finished my work. I am working well. This is very important that I stay on my bulls and ride my bulls.”
Pacheco was in the lead briefly on Sunday afternoon following his 66-point ride on Midnight Moon in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. However, his decision to turn down his re-ride option wound up hurting him as Stormy Wing and Davis each rode their final championship-round bulls.
The Itatiba, Brazil, bull rider said he had no regrets about his decision, explaining that he wasn’t sure if re-ride bull Margy Time would be a good fit for him and decided instead to keep his points.
“I didn’t take a re-ride because of Margy Time,” Pacheco said. “He is a rank bull and very difficult. He was coming back for the first time after being injured. I kept my score because I knew I would still get points and move up a little bit.”
Pacheco earned 180 of his world points by finishing third in the event average. He then picked up an additional 80 points with two fourth-place round finishes in Tulsa. He finished fourth in the championship round after beginning Sunday with a fourth-place finish in Round 2 with an 85.25-point ride on JJ’s Pride.
“He is a really good bull,” Pacheco said. “I rode him this year (90 points) in Denver and I see this bull sometime bucks. I need to stay on him all the time because he is a rank bull. I was focused and knew I could be a good amount of points.”
Pacheco began Tulsa with an 83.5-point ride Saturday night on Purina Athlete.
Davis wins second consecutive event despite separated shoulder
With two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney unable to compete Sunday because of a left hip pointer and abdominal contusion, it was the young kids Pacheco and Davis going punch-for-punch.
Davis got the last word against Pacheco for the second week in a row following a gritty, event-winning 86.75-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe.
“I knew I had a good bull and not something I wanted to slip through my fingers,” Davis said. “I have had enough things go through my fingers before. I wasn’t about to let it happen. I just kept going at him until I heard the whistle.”
Davis entered the weekend with only one championship round ride in 13 attempts this year.
It was impressive performance by Davis after he separated his right riding shoulder during his get-off at the conclusion of his Round 2-winning ride on Psycho Path (87.25 points).
“He slammed me pretty good,” Davis said. “He bucked really hard around to the right and last time I was on that bull he did the same thing. He was just going straight. He kept getting stronger as the ride went and that is all you can ask for.”
The 22-year-old has now won two consecutive events and picked up a massive 1,535 world points to jump from eighth to a career-best second in the world standings. Davis has earned 47.3 percent of his points in the last two weeks.
Davis earned 630 total world points in Tulsa, 400 points for winning the event average, followed by another 180 points for winning round one and two. He also earned 50 points for placing third in the championship round.
Not that he needed any further motivation, but Davis said seeing Pacheco cap his weekend with a third qualified ride had him fired up to make sure he too left the BOK Center perfect.
“I wanted to stay on regardless,” Davis said, “but if I am going to stay in this race, you have to keep staying on bulls. That is all that matters.”
Lockwood wins championship round; Wing earns valuable points
Jess Lockwood won the championship round with the third 90-point ride of his young career when he went to town on Legacy for 90 points.
The rookie said he had to thank PBR legend J.W. Hart and Davis for giving him some advice after the two noticed an error with his rope position during his 4.11-second buckoff against Majestic in Round 2.
“I started setting my rope a little too far down on the side this summer and I wasn’t noticing it,” Lockwood said. “When you do that with a Brazilian rope, it is going to tip you into your hand right away and stick you over there. Luckily enough, I have good friends like Cooper Davis and J.W. Hart and they told me that.”
All Lockwood had to do was set his rope a half-inch over and then he was off to the music of 90 points and his sixth BFTS round victory.
“That half inch was going to make a huge difference and it felt so good,” Lockwood said. “You are supposed to be 90 when you get on these short-round bulls. If you are not going to be 90 then you are doing something wrong.”
Wing finished second in the championship round with an 88-point ride on After All to cap a season-best 3-for-3 weekend.
“He was right around to the left and was blowing, kicking and showy,” Wing said.
The Dalhart, Texas, cowboy earned 385 points toward the world standings – 240 for finishing second in the event average and 145 thanks to three Top-5 round finishes. Wing rode Twenty to Life for 86.75 points in Round 2 and Little Tim’s All Nighter for 85.75 points in Round 1.
The timing couldn’t have been better either. Wing began the weekend 37th in the world standings and was competing as an alternate. Now he is ranked 22nd and firmly within the Top 35.
“I needed it,” Wing said. “If not, I would have been going to Belton, Texas, for a Touring Pro for two days next weekend. I have said it a million times. It is always the same. You are your own worst enemy and this sport is humbling. I am just happy.”
Mauney and world No. 7 Paulo Lima missed the final day of competition because of injuries sustained during Round 1 on Saturday night.
Mauney sustained a left hip pointer and abdominal contusion following his 86.75-point ride on Rocco when the bull stepped on Mauney’s hip during the 29-year-old’s dismount.
Lima sustained a concussion when he was bucked off by Deep Water (1.81 seconds) in Round 1.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, both riders are questionable for Thackerville.
Robson Palermo and Derek Kolbaba are probable for Thackerville after sustaining injuries during the championship round.
Palermo suffered bruising of his chest and lower back when he was stepped on after being thrown from Cochise during the championship round.
Kolbaba bruised his right thigh (quadriceps) when he was struck by Big Benny’s horn during his 3.19-second buckoff.
Wing (aggravated right PCL sprain) and Davis (separated right shoulder) competed during the championship round despite their Round 2 injuries.
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Davis and Richardson split Round 1 victory (8-27-16)
TULSA, Okla. – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Express Employment Professional Classic, presented by Osage Casino, Saturday night at the BOK Center.
Cooper Davis built off his Music City Knockout victory by splitting the Round 1 win with Lachlan Richardson with an 87.75-point ride on Glory Days in front of 8,212 fans.
“Anytime you get a chance to get on a good bull like that, you better make the best of it,” Davis said. “He slapped me in the face right out of there, but I sat up and made the best of it.”
Davis, who is already a career-high third in the world standings, continues to chip away at world leader Kaique Pacheco’s perch atop the world rankings and is now only 310.33 points behind the young Brazilian. Davis and Richardson earned 80 world points on Saturday.
Pacheco is still very much alive for the event victory, though, and the 21-year-old heads into Sunday’s competition tied for 10th in the event standings. Pacheco rode Purina Athlete for 83.5 points.
There were 13 qualified rides in Round 1.
The round win is Davis’ sixth of the season.
“Honestly, I am trying to keep on thinking of it one bull at a time,” Davis said. “Like I said last week, looking at the big scheme of things you can work yourself up and start worrying about all of that. As long as I am taking care of my part of it, it doesn’t matter.”
Davis then added, “Every weekend to me is kind of do or die. I figured I have to do it and I got a good start.”
The 22-year-old will take on Psycho Path (0-0, BFTS) Sunday in Round 2 as he tries to make it back-to-back victories. Davis rode Psycho Path for 79.5 points at the 2015 Touring Pro Division event in Bossier City, Louisiana.
“I got on him when he was like a 3-year-old and was 79 on him,” Davis said. “I remember the bull. He was long out there and a calf just trying to figure it out. I haven’t seen him since then, and I am assuming he is good or he wouldn’t be here.”
Richardson, meanwhile, continues to set new career-highs by earning his second round win and riding his 13th bull.
Richardson made easy work of Slick Rick as the bull turned perfectly into his right hand.
“That was a pretty good bull and I was pretty happy when I heard I had that bull,” Richardson said.
The 23-year-old is 16th in the world standings, he has never finished higher than 33rd in the world.
“It is all confidence you could say,” Richardson concluded. “I had been doing good all summer, but I had a bad week last week. I am not worried about last week now.
“I want to win every event, but I am just having fun and trying to place high.”
Joao Ricardo Vieira wins PBR record fourth 15/15 Bucking Battle
Joao Ricardo Vieira bounced back from a Round 1 buckoff against Smooth Over (2.77 seconds) by riding No Regrets for 81.25 points to win the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
“The first bull was a young bull,” Vieira said. “I never see him before, but it is good for me to ride now (in 15/15). I feel much better about riding tomorrow.”
Vieira has drawn Dozer (0-0, BFTS) for Round 2.
Saturday was his fourth career 15/15 Bucking Battle victory, which is the most in PBR history.
“I have much focus, but these are strong, hard bulls in the 15/15,” Vieira said. “I try to relax, have fun in the 15/15. It is important to ride in them. I want to ride, but I am not nervous.”
Just when it appeared as if the bulls were going to post a second consecutive 15/15 Bucking Battle shutout, Vieira came through with his eventual event-winning ride and elected to turn down his re-ride option.
“I see the videos of this bull on ProBullStats before I ride,” Vieira said. “I thought he was going to turn right and was concentrating on that. It is OK though.”
J.B. Mauney was bucked off by Big Cat (44 points) in 1.48 seconds in their rematch from Last Cowboy Standing and Pacheco lasted 5.51 seconds on Hammer It Again (43.75 points).
Vieira, currently fifth in the world standings, is now 520.33 points behind Pacheco in the world standings.
The 32-year-old leads the PBR with 31 qualified rides. The 15/15 Bucking Battle victory is Vieira’s first non-PBR Major win since claiming the Seattle 15/15 Bucking Battle on March 27, 2015.
In fact, Vieira has yet to win a regular-formatted BFTS event since Feb. 2014 in St. Louis.
“This is very important for my confidence,” Vieira said. “This is my best year riding bulls, but I had not (gotten) a win. I got the win tonight. I have concentration for tomorrow.”
Seven Dust ties with Pearl Harbor for top bull honors
Gene Owen decided this summer to switch Seven Dust from a left-handed delivery to a right, and the early reviews appear to be positive.
Seven Dust whipped Robson Palermo onto the BOK Center floor in 2.03 seconds for a career-high tying 45.25-point bull score during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
“I saw him buck at the Touring Pro in Amarillo (Texas) and he changed him to the right side,” Palermo said. “He is a bucking rank son of a gun. I like him on this side. He is more aggressive.”
Saturday was the first out in which Seven Dust was marked 45 points or higher since he bucked off Keyshawn Whitehorse in 1.47 seconds for a 45.25-point bull score at Iron Cowboy.
Seven Dust tied with World Champion Bull contender Pearl Harbor for the top bull score of the evening. Pearl Harbor knocked off Tulsa fan favorite Ryan Dirteater in 3.6 seconds.
“If the bull can continue like that, he can contend for World Champion bull too,” Palermo said. “The way he is bucking. He is strong. I was so happy I had him in the 15/15. I saw him buck on the right and if I took those two jumps like he do. If I make the turn, I think I make 8 seconds.
“I made the turn, but he moved forward and got me.”
Palermo had previously been bucked off by Seven Dust in 2.7 seconds back in February at the Kansas City BFTS event when Seven Dust was still bucking out of the left-handed delivery.
“The first time he was on the left delivery and he was not so good,” Palermo said. “He would go two jumps to the front and he kind of rolled you to the left and come back to the right. He was better tonight.”
Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney was left icing his left hip in the PBR Sports Medicine room following Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Mauney still competed in the 15/15 Bucking Battle despite sustaining a left hip pointer following his 86.75-point ride on Rocco in Round 1 earlier in the evening. Rocco stepped on Mauney’s hip during the 29-year-old’s dismount.
Mauney confirmed to PBR.com post-event that he has every intention of competing on Sunday and finishing out the event.
Mason Lowe replaced Paulo Lima in the 15/15 Bucking Battle after the No. 7 ranked bull rider in the world standings sustained a concussion when he was bucked off by Deep Water (1.81 seconds) in Round 1.
Lima is questionable for Round 2.
Lowe was bucked off by Slinger Jr. in 2.05 seconds.
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Tulsa Draw Notes (8-25-16)
PUEBLO, Colo. – Robson Palermo is returning to competition Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino, after missing the remainder of the Music City Knockout because of right knee sprain.
The three-time World Finals event winner made a surprising decision to remove himself from the Nashville event following Round 1 of the Music City Knockout after he aggravated the previous knee injury during his 4.18-second buckoff against Big Benny.
Palermo confirmed to PBR.com this week that he will be competing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and that his knee injury has improved.
“Yeah my knee is good,” Palermo said. “It is just a little sore, but it is alright.”
Palermo has drawn Seven Dust for the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Saturday night. Seven Dust bucked off Palermo in 2.71 seconds at the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Kansas City, Missouri, this past February.
He will first kick things off against GAH’s Lil Man in Round 1. Lil Man is making his BFTS debut after going 5-0 at the Touring Pro Division level.
Round 1 is an ABBI night of competition, featuring the best 3- and 4-year-old bucking bulls in the business.
Palermo heads into Tulsa 1,557.83 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco.
Pacheco has drawn Purina Athlete (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1.
There will be only three alternates competing in Tulsa because of injuries to No. 4 Fabiano Vieira (left shoulder), No. 22 Ben Jones (shoulder surgery) and No. 29 Chase Outlaw (left shoulder injury).
No. 36 Kurt Shephard is the top alternate and is 2.5 points behind No. 35 Luis Blanco. Shephard has drawn Flat Top Pete (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1.
Blanco is set to compete in his third BFTS event this season. Blanco (31-for-74 at all PBR levels of competition) used a fourth-place finish at the PBR Mexico event in San Luis Potosi to get back to the BFTS.
Blanco faces Bushwhacked (0-0, BFTS)) in Round 1.
Dakota Buttar is the top alternate and is making his Built Ford Tough Series debut following a second-place finish in Ottawa at the inaugural PBR Monster Energy Canada Tour event. Buttar has drawn Bottoms Up (0-1, BFTS).
Buttar, currently ranked 36th in the world standings, is riding a streak of six consecutive qualified rides. He is 28-for-46 (60.87 percent) at non-BFTS events. Buttar is also less than one point behind No. 35 Kurt Shephard for the final BFTS draw spot. The 23-year-old is second in the PBR Canada standings and is a two-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Association champion.
“Most of the time, I try and focus on me and the bull,” Buttar told Covy Moore of PBRCanada.com. “Not to worry about what everyone else is doing, who rides and things like that. I just want to get that bull rode each and every day. I used to follow what the bulls’ patterns are. I quit that in the last few years because that got me in some trouble.”
No. 37 Stormy Wing, who is five points behind Shephard, takes on Little Tim’s All Nighter. Wing is looking to end his streak of 16 consecutive buckoffs.
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Mauney wins Ride Score Championship to keep pace in world title race (8-20-16)
NASHVILLE – Here are three things we learned following this weekend’s Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend at Bridgestone Arena.
Reigning two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney failed to advance to the Final 4 of the 36-rider tournament when eventual winner Cooper Davisedged him by .25 points in the final round of Bracket B, but Mauney’s 87.5-point ride on Gentleman Jim wound up being influential to the 2016 world title race.
Mauney was eventually upset by Rubens Barbosa in the Second Chance Bracket when he was bucked off by Crossfire in 4.34 seconds and Barbosa remained on Cochise for 5.23 seconds.
However, Mauney wound up winning the Ride Score Championship, which consists of $27,000 and 300 world points, by going 3-for-4 for a total aggregate score of 265.25 points.
“What does that mean?” Mauney asked when informed he won the Ride Score Championship. “Well, hell yeah. Perfect. You told me something I didn’t know. To come here, I knew it was going to be rough getting on this many bulls. Cooper, he bumped me out earlier with a quarter of a point more than me, so I knew it was going to get a whole lot tougher going through the Second Chance Bracket. I didn’t do my job, that bull got me reared up and threw me off. At least if Cooper was going to beat me out, he won the event.”
Mauney left Nashville with 455 total world points. He earned 155 for advancing to the fourth round.
The Mooresville, North Carolina, cowboy sent Jess Lockwood to the Second Chance Bracket earlier in the evening during Round 3 when he rode Alligator Arms for 87.5 points and Lockwood bucked off I’m A Gangster Too in 5.85 seconds.
Alligator Arms actually left the bucking chutes backwards with Mauney, but the 29-year-old wasn’t to be fooled.
“He turned out a little backwards, but it really don’t bother me,” Mauney said. “You still have to ride them straight or backwards. It is all the same. Jess is a really good bull rider. He is going to be around for a long time. He had his feet whipped behind him on that bull. I have been on that bull once before and he is bad about whipping a man down. I guess I was just a little luckier than him today.”
Mauney rode Texicali for 90.25 points in Round 2 on Friday night for the highest scored ride of the weekend.
Lockwood (3-for-5) and Davis (3-for-5) were the only other two riders to record three qualified rides.
Thanks to his Ride Score Championship, Mauney was able to keep pace with current world leader Kaique Pacheco, who earned 500 world points in Nashville.
Mauney heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino, second in the world standings and still just 160.33 points behind Pacheco. Davis is only 390.33 points behind Pacheco courtesy of his PBR Major victory.
“They will be hard to beat,” Mauney concluded. “Cooper is riding really good and so is Kaique. They will be in the running. That is for sure.”
Cooper Davis wins Music City Knockout
The Music City Knockout turned into a wild event with a series of unexpected twist and turns for Davis.
Davis appeared to be on his way to low-scored qualified ride on Big Sky in Round 4 before the bovine athlete fell to the ground just shy of 8 seconds, giving Davis a re-ride option.
Less than five minutes later, Davis went to town on Fast Talker for 87.75 points to eliminate Mauney.
“It just happened to be a drawing contest,” Davis said. “If I could do my part, I knew he was going to do his. To knock out one of your heroes, it is kind of bittersweet I guess. That was just a really good bull. I knew nothing about when I got in there. He faked left and went right and kind of had me bowed down. I figured I had to get a few more points myself with the spurs or else I knew I wouldn’t have passed (Mauney).
It then appeared as if Davis had been eliminated by Fabiano Vieira during the Final 4 when Vieira lasted 4.06 seconds on Hammer It Again and Davis was bucked off by Who Dey in 3.19 seconds.
Davis was defeated and exhausted as he crouched down following the buckoff and began to head to the locker room. However, a dislocated left shoulder prevented Vieira, who had dislocated the same shoulder at the Calgary Stampede, from competing in the final round and gave Davis another opportunity.
Therefore, Davis had to regroup and compose himself for his fifth bull of the night and sixth in 24 hours.
Somehow, Davis was able to hang on to win the 36-rider tournament event by lasting 4.21 seconds on World Champion Bull contender Pearl Harbor in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, while world leader Pacheco was no match for Jared Allen’s Air Time (2.54 seconds).
“This is great,” Davis said. “I came in here. I never won a (PBR) Major or a regular event title, and this was next on my bucket list.”
Davis began the weekend with an 82.5-point ride on Bad Finger to advance to Round 3. He then rode Red Moon on a crazy and wild trip for 83.75 points in Round 4 to defeat Paulo Lima.
The 22-year-old earned 625 points for his first PBR Major victory and a total of 905 world points. He rockets all the way from eighth to third in the world standings and is right on the cusp of usurping Mauney and Pacheco for the world lead.
“I guess Tulsa is going to be the next thing I am looking forward to,” Davis said. “I am going to keep taking it one event at a time and hopefully I will have $1 million in the pocket.”
Air Time earns top bull honors
Cooper Davis may want to give a portion of his winnings to Air Time after the great white spot once again made quick work of an opponent – this time the current world No. 1.
Within 2.54 seconds, Air Time had Pacheco crashing over his front end.
“He is a hard bull,” Pacheco said. “He pulled me to the front. He is the No. 1 bull.”
Air Time was marked 46.5 points to edge out Hammer It Again for the high-marked bull award in Nashville. It was the third-highest bull score for Air Time this season and the sixth time in seven outs he disposed an opponent in less than 3 seconds.
“Air Time was being kind of a (jerk) with keeping his horn in the slab so we had to adjust that and mess with him more than I would like to, but it worked out. He got a little bit balled up in the start and he followed it up with a kick where he is Air Time.”
Hammer It Again was marked 46 points for his buckoff of Vieira and Pearl Harbor was next in line with 45.75 points.
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PACHECO PROVES HIS MERIT ONCE AGAIN (8-20-16)
NASHVILLE – The stretch run to the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals is officially underway with the Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires, Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. Here are three things we learned following the first two rounds of the 36-rider tournament.
If there was any doubt that Kaique Pacheco doesn’t have the merit to handle the big moment, then he once again proved that is numb to the pressure-filled situations leading up to the gate cracking open on the PBR’s biggest stage.
Pacheco capped off the first night of competition of the Music City Knockout with an 85-point ride on Legal Tender to eliminate his mentor and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (83.75 points on Mojo Bone) from the tournament on the final ride of the evening.
“It was a fight against my bull,” Pacheco said with the help of Valdiron de Oliveira translating. “You don’t fight with the other guys. Alves is a good friend. I came here for one result. One job. This is a test. This is what I want to do.”
What made the ride that much more impressive was that not only was the current world leader matched up against his idol, but that J.B. Mauney, Fabiano Vieira, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Paulo Lima and Eduardo Aparecido– the five riders behind Pacheco in the world standings – had already punched their tickets to Saturday’s third round.
“I just wanted to ride my bull,” Pacheco said. “All of those guys ride good too. I have respect for those guys. I just kept working for the result to ride my bull.”
Alves (7.01 seconds on Yo Yo) had defeated Tyler Harr (4.96 seconds on Milky Jones) in Round 1.
Pacheco is now 2-0 against Legal Tender. He previously rode Legal Tender for 88.25 points in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Friday night was the first BFTS event in which Pacheco was the world leader.
So there he was with everyone in attendance staring at him on the final ride of the night and just like that Pacheco made sure he left another lasting impression.
“The pressure? I just stay relaxed,” Pacheco concluded with a tiny bead of sweat running down his left cheek. “I feel normal. I don’t feel pressure.”
Two-time World Champion and CBS Sports Network commentator Justin McBride said Pacheco did exactly what champions are supposed to do in that moment.
“Yeah and it is a big thing for him to not even think about that,” McBride said. “That is for us to do. For him, that was a really nice bull. That is what you do. You don’t mess up. That is what separates good bull riders from champions. The champions don’t mess up with the ones they are supposed to ride.”
VIEIRAS SAY THEY ARE HEALTHY AND READY
Fabiano Vieira and Joao Ricardo Vieira began the stretch run to the Built Ford Tough World Finals with question marks over their health following summer injuries.
On Friday, the No. 3 and No. 4 bull riders in the world standings quickly made a point to show no injury was going to slow them down during Bracket A competition.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, who was competing with a partially torn left bicep that happened at the end of May, advanced to Round 3 with an 85.5-point ride on Ante Up after Cody Heffernan lasted 2.33 seconds on Time Bomb.
“Good. No pain. Nothing,” he said. “This was a good bull for practice today. I was very focused on the bull. At 4, 5 seconds I thought maybe he was turning right. I stay focused.”
Fabiano Vieira had dislocated his left shoulder at the Calgary Stampede, but that didn’t stop him from advancing to Round 3. Vieira eliminated Cody Nance (2.58 seconds on Like A Boss) with his 85.75-point ride on The Colonel.
“It was nice,” Fabiano Vieira said. “I feel very, very good. No. Nothing. I just did physical therapy and it feels good. I feel 150 percent.”
He has ridden Machinery Auctioneer’s Colonel two times. Every other rider that has attempted Colonel has failed to reach 8 seconds. Vieira first rode Colonel in New York this season for 82.75 points.
“He has bucked off every bull rider,” Vieira said. “I have rode him two times. The first time I was 82 points. I come back and ride him now. It is nice. It is good.”
Fabiano Vieira – the 2015 Ride Score Champion in Nashville – will take on No. 34 Marco Eguchi Saturday night. Vieira has drawn Moto Moto (11-3, BFTS) for Round 3.
“I am just focused on ride, ride, ride,” he said. “It would be very nice to win tomorrow.”
Joao Ricardo Vieira has a Round 3 matchup against Lachlan Richardson. The 32-year-old takes on Sheep Creek (6-3, BFTS).
“I feel strong,” he added. “I feel strong mentally. I like this format. I like this event. The show starts tomorrow.”
ARE EGUCHI AND SCHAPER CINDERELLA STORIES IN THE MAKING?
The major storylines from night one in Nashville will revolve atop the world standings and much of Saturday will be focused around the upcoming J.B. Mauney vs. Jess Lockwood Round 3 matchup, but there are still a pair of Cinderella stories potentially in the making.
Marco Eguchi, the 34th seeded rider in the 36-man tourney, used an 86.5-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe to upset No. 10 Mike Leein Round 2 of Bracket A. Lee was bucked off by Slinger Jr. in 5.9 seconds.
“I can’t think about how big of an event it is,” Eguchi said. “I need to keep doing my job. When they opened the gate, the bull’s horn hit my face. I just tried to get to the front again and get in right position and make 8 seconds.”
Eguchi is competing in his first BFTS event since May 2015 after being cut from the top PBR tour in March 2015.
The 26-year-old was once a rising young gun star, posting three consecutive Top-15 finishes in the world standings, including a sixth-place finish in 2013, in his first three BFTS seasons. However, he spent the majority of 2015 trying to overcome a right elbow injury that he sustained in Nampa, Idaho, during the 2014 season attempting to ride Pound The Alarm.
“I know this,” Eguchi said. “I know the Built Ford Tough. I am not younger here. I just concentrate to do my job and that’s it. (Being here with my friends) is the best part of coming here. I have a lot of friends on the Touring Pro too, but to stay here is important to me. I have special friends here. I started here.”
Eguchi, and the other 12 riders that advanced to Round 3, all picked up 50 world points. Eguchi moves from 37th to 34th in the world standings.
When asked if he understood what a Cinderella story or what being called an underdog meant, Eguchi at first said he never heard the term before.
Once explained what a Cinderella story is, Eguchi smiled.
“Well I don’t trust in a Cinderella story,” Eguchi said. “I trust in God. I know he can do everything. No matter how worse you are. If he wants, he can make you a champion in life or an event. I am putting my life in his hand and try to do my job. That is it.”
Eguchi advanced out of Round 1 when his 7.76-second buckoff on Hot n Ready was enough to advance on time compared to Mason Lowe’s 5.6-second buckoff against Springer Mountain.
No. 31-seed Nathan Schaper is also trying to craft his own Cinderella story. Schaper advanced to Round 3 with 4.54 seconds of work on What’s Under Your Hood. He eliminated Shane Proctor (3.91 seconds on Wipeout). Earlier in the evening, Schaper (5.56 seconds on Tom Horn) edged out 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi (5.52 seconds on Hillbilly Music) in Round 1.
Schaper was cut from the BFTS earlier this season, but his 50 world points pushes him to 30th in the world.
He will square off against Aparecido in Round 3. Schaper has drawn Bad Apple (0-0, BFTS).
Chase Outlaw returned to the BFTS with high expectations on Friday night and the first rider to nod his head in Bridgestone Arena is heading home with extreme disappointment.
Outlaw was bucked off by Cooper Tires Semper Fi in 2.2 seconds and sustained two injuries. According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Outlaw sustained a concussion and a left shoulder sprain and separation. Freeman said the injury was not related to his last surgery, but Outlaw said later in the evening that he was informed he would likely be out for the next six weeks.
Robson Palermo did not compete in Round 2 despite making it out of Round 1 (4.18 seconds on Big Benny). Per Freeman, Palermo chose to not continue in the tournament after aggravating a pre-existing right knee sprain. He is questionable for Tulsa.
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